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Weekend Round-Up: Winter Survival

Peanut Butter Chocolate and Banana Baked Oatmeal
Enjoy homey dishes and a drink to help stave off winter’s deepest chill.
By Kate Rogers

The holidays are over. The cheer is gone. Now the name of the game is surviving the Deep Freeze and staving off inevitable mid-winter blues. It takes some fortitude. 

I find this time of year to be far less grim if I’m eating well. Just like everyone else battling a holiday hangover, I’m ready to clean it up, dial it back and start the new year on solid footing. But that doesn’t mean I sacrifice good taste or good flavor. Never. In my book, those are non-negotiable. With temperatures this cold, food should nurture as well as nourish. Here’s how I’m keeping things warm and tasty this wintry weekend: 

SWEET BAKED OATMEAL

Peanut Butter Chocolate and Banana Baked Oatmeal

I don’t even like bananas, and I’m powerless against this stuff. Yes, the recipe calls for cookie dough, but I consider oats to be a trump card. If there are oats, you’re good. And bonus: Your kids will go bonkers for this.

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SLOW COOKER POT ROAST

Slow Cooker Southwestern Pot Roast

There’s nothing better than a hearty, warming pot roast. Salsa adds a nice kick to this one, and it’s easy to serve with avocados or a bright green salad to keep things feeling fresh.

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SPICED LATTE

Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’ll admit I’m not ready to let pumpkin go. When I’m curled up with a steaming latte and Sunday newspapers, I’m blissfully oblivious to the shoveling I should be doing, the threat of ice damming or anything else winter tries to throw at me. Take that, Old Man!

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Tell me, how do you stay warm and keep spirits high during this time of year?



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